Spanish bean soup, Potajes de garbanzos, has long been a Cuban tradition. My first taste of this soup was at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, Florida near Tampa. It was love at first taste! I truly could not get enough of it. Like can't-put-it-down-lick-the-bottom-of-the-bowl delicious... ok so I didn't do that at the restaurant in front of my mother-in-law, but I wanted too. As with any addiction, I needed my fix of this soup and seeing as I live 1,548 miles from Ybor City.... I had to learn to make this at home.
This is a comforting soup best served with a big slice of crusty bread. If there are any leftovers its even better the next day.
Mom made this bread all the time while growing up. There was nothing better than coming home from school to the aroma of freshly baked bread wafting through the air. Her bread recipe bakes up beautifully golden brown. Best enjoyed simply slathered with a bit of butter, but also great for toasting. Freezes well.
I love chili... it’s warm, comforting, and you get to top it with things like shredded cheddar cheese, onion, sour cream and fresh cilantro. What’s not to like? This particular chili should be on every tailgater's must have list especially on a cold days outside the Frozen Tundra or for that game day party when you have lots of people to feed.